Shea Weber is the latest star to be put on the injured reserve because of a concussion. Weber --who is third in the league in points for defenseman with 29, and has a plus 14 rating-- suffered a concussion on Friday after taking a hard hit from Stars defenseman Mark Fistric.
"He's recovering pretty well, I would say," and that "there's a chance (he could play) Friday", said Predators coach Barry Trotz.
According to the Toronto Star, there are at least 30 players right now who are out with a concussion or some sort of a head injury.
Here's the list from thestar.com
Boston: Marc Savard
Buffalo: Nathan Gerbe
Carolina: Joni Pitkanen, Jeff Skinner
Colorado: Peter Mueller
Columbus: Radek Martinek
Florida: Marcel Goc, Marco Sturm
Los Angeles: Simon Gagne
Minnesota: Guillaume Latendresse
Nashville: Shea Weber
Islanders: Brian Rolston, Al Montoya, Steve Staios, David Ullstrom
Rangers: Marc Staal, Michael Sauer
Ottawa: Jesse Winchester, Milan Michalek
Philadelphia: Ian Laperriere, Chris Pronger, Brayden Schenn
Phoenix: Kurt Sauer
Pittsburgh: Nick Petersen, Zybnek Michalek, Kris Letang, Sidney Crosby, Robert Bortuzzo
St. Louis: Andy McDonald
Toronto: Colby Armstrong, John-Michael Liles
Washington: Jay Beagle
You could make a pretty good all-star team out of all the players who have sustained concussions this season. Put Sidney Crosby, Claude Giroux and Jeff Skinner on the first line at offence. Then Chris Pronger and Shea Weber at the blue-line. Former Vezina winner Ryan Milller could be the starting goaltender with James Reimer backing him up. Let's not forget about two-time 30 goal scorer Mike Richards. Or Kris Letang and Milan Michalek. Or even Marc Savard who may never be able to play hockey again because of a concussion he suffered in 2010.
Concussions are a very hot topic in hockey right now. The NHL has to make some changes to minimize the amount of concussions. It won't be easy but I would start with bringing in the no-touch icing rule.